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William the Conqueror...and Justin Timberlake?!

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William the Conqueror's invasion of England was a historical turning point, memorialized in the Bayeux Tapestry, textbooks and history lectures to this day. With this video from YouTube channel historyteachers, you can learn about the Norman invader William the Conqueror through lyrics set to music from the Justin Timberlake classic of car radios and high school dances everywhere, "Sexyback." 

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If you're interested in learning more about William the Conqueror, you can read a comprehensive biography on the official website of the British Monarchy here. For a more interactive version, see a full timeline from the BBC of his life and achievements here. The History Channel has an article entitled "Ten Things You Didn't Know About William the Conqueror."

To find out more about William's unfortunate predecessor, Harold, read his biography on the British Monarchy website, or the BBC version. There, you can also find a page about Edward the Confessor.

For a view of the Bayeux Tapestry online, you can go to the Bayeux Tapestry website, where you can click through panel-by-panel. If you have the opportunity to visit Bayeux, check out the Bayeux Museum, which houses the tapestry. 
Why do you think the Bayeux Tapestry was commissioned? Have you heard the quote "History is written by the victors?" Do you think that quote holds true in the case of the Battle of Hastings, and how might our interpretation of the event be different had Harold won?

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